The Rumors of my Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated…

Yes, folks, I am still alive!

It started with a BIG costume design (As You Like It, in full Elizabethan garb) During tech week, I ended up with an upper respiratory infection that took me out of the game for two weeks (yay! I really wanted to use up almost all of my vacation time as sick days! NOT!) That was followed by another costume design and scenic paint job for a show at Discovery Place Museum that’s all about animal poop (yes, you read that correctly). During all of this has been the “day job” which, quite frankly, has been sucking all the life and creative energy out of my lately. Since I got so far behind on everything, it’s been a little hard to get back into the swing of things.  Hell, I haven’t even had much time to eat lately, much less cook.  Then I started to think about how cranky and depressed I was getting, because I had no time for anything other than work.  They’re not kidding when they talk about that “all work and no play making you a dull girl” stuff. Seriously. I mean, did you read what I just wrote? I’m bored and I wrote the damn words. It’s sad when the only interesting thing going on in your life is animal poop.


Well, at least the costumes were pretty…

Thankfully I’m married to a man who knows when I need a hug and when I need a pitcher of ice water thrown at me to remind me that crappy days (or in this case, weeks) pass.  It’s amazing how you can get so carried away with the things you have to do that you push aside the things you want to do.

The things you love to do.

So, I am happy to report that I’m back on the upswing towards my normal Badass self, though! I started “planting” a tree on one corner of my living room wall. Here’s a little sample:

I’ll post a full shot when I’m finished 🙂

We also got two gardens planted, and I’m super excited about two new experiments this year: artichokes and tomatillos! I’ll keep you posted on their progress. From what I’ve read, artichoke plants get ridiculously huge, so this should be an adventure. Hmm…maybe they’ll provide the backdrop for an Indiana Jones themed episode…ya never know…

Speaking of gardens, one thing that I grow massive amounts of in the summer is basil. Last year, the basil crop was off the charts due to us mulching the previous year’s plants into the garden. I had basil plants 4 feet tall growing all over the place. Not that this hurt my feelings since I love fresh basil on pretty much anything. One of my favorite things to do with basil is make pesto (duh, I am Italian after all…) so to kick off the summer season, here’s my recipe. Surprisingly, one of my favorite ways to eat pesto is not on pasta. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great on some nice fresh angel hair, but that’s nothing compared to layering goat cheese and pesto on fresh slices of crusty Italian or French bread. Talk about yummy…

Pesto. It’s not just for pasta anymore.

                             Presto, it’s Pesto!

The Badass says: “I love having homemade pesto on hand! Not only is it delish on pasta, but it also makes a yummy appetizer. Cut slices of good crusty Italian or French bread, spread on a little goat cheese and top with some pesto and Presto! A lovely little appetizer that will have your guests asking for more!”

Here’s what you need:

1 cup of fresh basil leaves

1/3 cup grated Parmesean cheese

½  cup toasted pine nuts (spread nuts on a baking sheet and toast on the middle rack of the oven for about 6-8 minutes at 350 degrees F, cooking times may vary)

About 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste (start with about 1/4 tsp of each)

You’ll also need:

A food processor

And here’s what you do: (pay attention, this is tricky…)

Place the basil, cheese, salt and pepper in the food processor. As you start to process the mixture, slowly drizzle the olive oil in, until the mixture is fully blended into a paste. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed. Tough, huh?

Makes approximately ¾-1 cup.

*PS: remember to store in the fridge! To make this vegan, try substituting nutritional yeast in place of the cheese.

Ta-da! One of the easiest and tastiest appetizers you will ever make!


Well, kids I’m off to indulge in a nice hot bath, a good book 
and maybe even a glass of wine. It’s about time that this Badass started stopping to smell the roses again. Or in this case, the rose scented bubble bath…

Until next time…

Have fun…and Be Fearless! (and take time for YOU!)




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